Monday, December 19, 2011

Making a Case for the Beauty Dish


When posting on my four favorite soft light mods, I included a beauty dish but lamented the necessity of a dedicated case to keep it from getting scuffed up. Dishes aren't cheap to begin with, and neither are decent cases.

Problem solved...

L.A.-based photographer Mariusz Jeglinski chimed in with a great tip in the comments and I filed it away to post about when the time was right. This week, the time is right. And Mariusz' tip is to use an inexpensive Christmas wreath case to store and transport your beauty dishes.


Make it Better

At under $10, you can splurge with a couple bucks more for some mattress-topper foam for more protection. Or go whole-hog, adding to that an interior shell of repurposed coroplast sign material between the wreath case and the foam. After all, we are heading into election season, if you haven't heard. So there is gonna be plenty of free coroplast to be had.

Ten bucks too much? Keep an eye out for super-cheap wreath cases when the craft stores start to clear out their holiday merch. Anyone out there who builds a spiffy version, hit us with an image link in the comments.

And yes, there's a speedlight in the dish inside the case for the picture. 'Cause beauty dishes in cases don't glow all by themselves.

Awesome tip, Mariusz. Many thanks.


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26 Comments:

Blogger Jon H said...

A good smile from this... Because "Beauty dishes don't glow on their own"...

December 19, 2011 9:18 AM  
Blogger MasterOfGoingFaster said...

I use a bicycle wheel case, but this is MUCH cheaper! Great idea.

December 19, 2011 9:19 AM  
Blogger Spica said...

Didn't check your suggestions, but as a drummer, the first idea that comes to mind if I needed to find a cheap case for a beauty dish would be a cymbal case, depending on the size of your beauty dish (see any online or offline music store).

December 19, 2011 9:21 AM  
Blogger michaelfranks said...

Or if you like to travel and arrive in style you can purchase a drum case from the local music store then using an electric turkey knife you cut 2 round sections out of foam for the top and bottom to cushion your beauty dish. The black ballistic nylon of the case matches all your other black photography gear cases.

December 19, 2011 9:27 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I found that sparetire storage cases (made from tarp) found at a dollarama were also perfect for BD's. I have the larger AB one.

Also, it's a $1.

December 19, 2011 1:10 PM  
Blogger Kome Photos Imagery by Design said...

Loving this!! I am always trying to save my duckets when possible so thank you!!!

December 19, 2011 1:21 PM  
Blogger As Seen by Janine said...

Awesome! Since I spent the better part of my Christmas Break last year lovingly making my own DIY Beauty Dish, I am naturally quite protective of it. But hauling it to shoots in a large cardboard box was pretty embarrassing. Ironically, this box was the box I used to keep my Christmas Wreath in before I left my wreath to fend for itself & stole its box in order to protect my Beauty Dish - I swear! Who knew the better (and far more stylin') solution was so very close to what I was using?!?!? My new Holiday Wreath Bag has been ordered! Thanks.... Janine

December 19, 2011 2:09 PM  
Blogger kangster said...

Nice work Mariusz. BTW - He's one of the Original L.A. Strobists (Here he is at a meet up in '09- Check the 2:50 mark http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6kS7SPmjl0 ).

Ah, I remember him when...

December 19, 2011 2:53 PM  
Blogger David said...

You can also find padded cases (used) for bicycle wheels fairly cheap on you local Craigslist site.

Just a thought...

December 19, 2011 3:09 PM  
Blogger bycostello said...

i'm currently using a collapsible beauty dish which negates the problem

December 19, 2011 3:34 PM  
Blogger Jim D said...

A lot of the big box stores sell a hard plastic version of the wreath storage box. They are very sturdy but the depth of the beauty dish can be a problem if it is to deep. I bought one at Target and use it with my Paul C Buff dish and it works great.

December 19, 2011 3:54 PM  
Blogger Richard Brown Photography said...

I use drum cases or bags from places like guitar center

December 19, 2011 4:00 PM  
Blogger Richard Brown Photography said...

I use drum bags or cases found at places like guitar center

December 19, 2011 4:01 PM  
Blogger Marshall said...

I assume that I'm the only person who read the headline and expected to read a cogent, compelling argument to use beauty dishes.

December 19, 2011 5:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I use a drum bag and it's perfect. It's padded and everything. I can even latch a shoulder strap to it to free up my hands when hauling all my gear.

December 19, 2011 7:22 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

They even sell hard plastic wreath boxes that might worth even better. Worth checking out. Anyone tried it?

December 19, 2011 11:29 PM  
Blogger Simon Higgs said...

made my own from scratch.
bonus of an industrial sewing machine.

December 20, 2011 1:01 AM  
Blogger Paul Rice said...

When I ordered the Lumodi dish (Excellent dish BTW) it arrived in a case that looked oddly familiar. Yup, it was a pizza delivery bag. Already insulated/padded with handles on top and hook and loop closure on the flap.

"I got an order for 50 beauty dishes to this address"

December 20, 2011 11:36 AM  
Blogger KUTJE said...

Judging from the erm... peculiar items in the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought"-list, many Strobists have already caught on... XD

http://img862.imageshack.us/img862/1567/screenshotamazonstrobis.jpg

December 20, 2011 7:46 PM  
Blogger KUTJE said...

Judging from the erm... peculiar items in the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought"-list, many Strobists have already caught on... XD

http://img862.imageshack.us/img862/1567/screenshotamazonstrobis.jpg

December 20, 2011 7:47 PM  
Blogger Mariusz J. said...

Hi Mr. H - thanks for the Strobist love :) Wish you, and everyone a Happy Christmas and all Best in New Year!

December 20, 2011 9:22 PM  
Blogger Thomas Caleb Goggans said...

Great solution! Thanks for sharing it, Dave :)

@Komo Photos- I like to save my ducats. Are Duckets attractive female ducks?
;)

December 21, 2011 3:25 PM  
Blogger Scrivyscriv said...

You might also try a padded cymbal case. They range in price depending on protection level you want, but are mostly between $25-70 and give a ton o' padding.

December 22, 2011 2:54 PM  
Blogger Swiss Photo Geek said...

or you could jut buy a beauty dish bag for $36 from B&H and get a well made product with a warranty...I know that is not in the DIY spirit...but $10 of materials + 2 hours of my time is worth more than $36 to me!

December 28, 2011 3:09 PM  
Blogger Hari Vemula said...

I had been using this Christmas Wreath Bag about an year or more for my Profoto beauty dish. I love it. You can pop in your grid, some reflectors to make the bag more full and the dish stays secure.

January 17, 2012 11:44 AM  
Blogger duythinhtea said...

Didn't check your suggestions, but as a drummer, the first idea that comes to mind if I needed to find a cheap case for a beauty dish would be a cymbal case, depending on the size of your beauty dish (see any online or offline music store).

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January 20, 2014 9:32 PM  

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